The flagship international educational programme sponsored by the United States Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries ..." With this goal, the Fulbright Program has so far provided more than 300,000 participants – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to study and teach in each other's countries, exchange ideas, and develop joint solutions to address shared concerns.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Currently operating in 160 countries, the Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 new grants annually. Fulbright Alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, governors and senators, ambassadors and artists, prime ministers and heads of state, professors and scientists, Supreme Court Justices, and CEOs. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation by the United States Congress. Foreign governments and private organisations contribute through cost-sharing and indirect support, such as salary supplements, tuition waivers, university housing, etc. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The board is a presidentially-appointed, independent body that formulates the policies, procedures, and selection criteria which govern the Fulbright Program. A number of private, co-operating organisations also assist with the administration of the Program. Non-US citizens interested in applying for a Fulbright grant should contact the Fulbright Commission in their own country.
Studying in Slovenia
The Fulbright Program is co-sponsored by the Slovene Government. Annually, 6 to 8 students from the United States coming to study in Slovenia receive Fulbright funding, and almost the same number of students from Slovenia go to study in the United States. Opportunities for students from the U.S. coming to study or conduct a research project are classified within study and scholar categories. Full-year awards are available for students who would carry out either independent or a Ph.D. dissertation research, including the fields of social sciences and humanities. Lecturer or research grants and Specialist grants are offered for U.S.-based faculty and professionals with support provided by Slovene host institutions. Further contact information and matters about living arrangements are available at the Embassy of the United States of America in Slovenia and at the Slovene Human Resources Development and Scholarship Fund.